International bestseller Douglas Coupland’s eighth novel explores grief, faith and redemption in the wake of a high school shooting.Several years after the 1988 Delbrook Secondary School massacre, the television cameras have moved on to the next horror show; but for a handful of people in this... show more
International bestseller Douglas Coupland’s eighth novel explores grief, faith and redemption in the wake of a high school shooting.Several years after the 1988 Delbrook Secondary School massacre, the television cameras have moved on to the next horror show; but for a handful of people in this sleepy corner of North Vancouver, life remains perpetually derailed.Coupland writes this soul-searching tale in four voices -- Cheryl, who calmly narrates her own death; Jason, the boy no one knew was her husband, still marooned ten years later by his loss; Heather, the woman trying to love the shattered Jason; and Jason’s dad Reg, a cruelly religious man no one suspects is still worth loving.With his inimitable style and eye for the remarkable singularities of ordinary lives, Douglas Coupland masterfully weaves the themes of alienation, violence and misguided faith throughout Hey Nostradamus! creating a fateful and unforgettable knot from which four people must untangle their lives.Author Biography: Douglas Coupland is the author of several novels including the acclaimed Miss Wyoming and the groundbreaking Generation X. He lives and works in Vancouver as a novelist and visual artist.
Publish date: March 15th 2009
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 244
Edition language: English
It’s 1988. On a morning unlike any other at a suburban high school in Vancouver, 3 teens attempt to achieve the highest kill count in the history of school shootings. Flash forward 11 years into the future; the incident has more or less been forgotten by most but remains ingrained in the memories ...
there was a lot that was not realistic or believable in this story. also the author has little ability to write as a teenager, his first person for part of the story. not terrible but i didn't really like it.
Warning: Do not read this while depressed.My primary coping mechanism whilst depressed is reading. But picking up a random work from the stack of 200 or so unread books isn't gonna do the job. The book has to be undemanding in terms effort to read and preferably plot-driven and gripping. James Blish...
In Hey Nostradamus! Coupland tells the story of a Columbine like event that take places in an East Vancouver High School and the impact it had on those involved. Told from the point of view of four different characters, Cheryl who was the last of the students killed, Jason her boyfriend, Heather wh...
To this day, this remains one of my absolute favourite books. I was captivated from the moment I started. A heartbreaking story about a splash in the water of your life and the ripples that continue for years and years after. The split narratives only add to the intrigue of the book. Its been ye...